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Rugby Canada Launches PlaySmart

About Rugby Canada’s PlaySmart

Rugby Canada PlaySmart is a Player Welfare program that aims to educate Players, Parents, Coaches, Match Officials and Administrators on the safety of rugby across Canada.

The health and safety of every player across the country is of paramount importance and Rugby Canada strives to ensure a safe playing environment at all levels. It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that all players are protected by ensuring that the game is played safely.

As of February 1st 2016, in the interest of player safety, Rugby Canada will be implementing the Rugby Canada PlaySmart program, which recommends that everyone involved at all levels of the game complete the World Rugby RugbyReady and World Rugby Concussion Management for the General Public modules.

Rugby Canada PlaySmart

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Keep Sport Healthy, Safe and Fun

Saskatchewan Rugby was founded in 1975 with the mission to “To promote, develop and administer, the playing of Rugby Football under safe conditions throughout Saskatchewan”.   We strive to make rugby as safe as possible and welcoming for all participants.  Keeping rugby healthy, safe and fun has been a priority of Sask Rugby for decades and we actively work with our membership and partners to fulfill that goal. 

Saskatchewan Rugby has many practises, policies and resources available to assist with bullying, abuse, harassment, discrimination, maltreatment and conflict in sport. 

Safe Sport Contacts

Sask Sport has a Respect Resource Line Available that provides free, confidential and anonymous assistance to calls, texts or email inquiries regarding possible bullying, abuse, harassment or discrimination in sport.

Sask Sport’s Dispute Resolution Officer can assist organizations with best practices regarding how to handle a complaint in sport. Contact Nathan Cole at (306) 780-9350 or

The Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) Institute of Saskatchewan provides neutral, third-party case management services to any sport in Saskatchewan.

Safe Sport Training and Resources

As an Active member of Sask Sport, Saskatchewan Rugby has adopted the Dispute Resolution Policy Suite.

Respect in Sport

The online RESPECT IN SPORT ACTIVITY LEADER PROGRAM educates youth leaders, coaches, officials and participants (14-years and up) to recognize, understand and respond to issues of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination.

The online RESPECT IN SPORT PARENT PROGRAM helps define a standard of behaviour for all parents to create a more rewarding, safe and respectful environment for everyone involved.

Coaching Association of Canada

The COACHING ASSOCIATION OF CANADA offers a variety of training programs that empower coaches with knowledge and skills, promote ethics, foster positive attitudes, build competence, and increase the credibility and recognition of coaches.

Coaching Resources

The National Coaching Certification Program

The Responsible Coaching Movement

Commit to Kids

The COMMIT TO KIDS program helps child-serving organizations reduce the risk of sexual abuse and create safer environments for children in their care.

Resources and Training

Volunteer Canada

VOLUNTEER CANADA provides national leadership and expertise on volunteerism to increase the participation, quality, and diversity of volunteer experiences.

Tools and Resources

Download the Screening Handbook